If there is one lesson to teach your kids, for lasting good health, it’s that: fruit, like Cuties, make the perfect desserts!
Years ago when we had our first Japanese exchange student, we were shocked to learn that in her culture, they would eat dessert every night! When I pressed our new friend for details about what they ate for dessert, her response was: Fruit! Isn’t that fabulous, I thought? If my kids would consider the perfect dessert was fruit- I would be one happy mom! So, that became our culture as well!
If you have kids like me, you have likely brought home truckloads of Cuties throughout the years! During the dark winter months in Utah, the only fruit we can get that is reasonably priced is apples, oranges and bananas. So, we end up buy lots of them. So, when they contacted us to participate in their latest campaign, I couldn’t turn them down- we’re already fans! Cuties are small, easy to peel, seedless, clementines that are available all winter long.
So, this Valentines day, partially because strawberries are expensive and hard to get, and partially because we love the sweetness of Cuties, we decided to make a fun citrus dessert, instead of strawberries! The kids decided on some Strawberry-Cutie-Banana sorbet with a side of chocolate dipped Cuties.
Our chocolate dipped Cutie hearts was easy and fun! Although my husband insists he came up with the idea, I did search and find it was done before us, at Premediated Leftovers (Awesome site for making meal prep easy!) The kids can help with this of course, because Cuties are so easy to peel.
Step 1) Peel Cuties
Kids Job: Peel all the cuties and separate the segments.
Step 2) Cut Cuties
Slice the bottom off of two segments that are facing each other, diagonally. Secure with a toothpick to keep it into place.
Step 3) Freeze Cuties
Place on parchment paper and freeze Cutie hearts. (We also took the opportunity to freeze other heart shaped fruit. We froze strawberries (which weren’t very good, considering it’s too early in the season for us), and we used a mini cookie cutter to cut banana slices into hearts as well. Then, froze it all!! All the scraps from the event went into a big bowl to freeze for our sorbet.
Step 4) Melt Chocolate
After about an hour of freezing the Cutie hearts, melt chocolate for dipping.
Step 5) Dip Cuties
Dip Cutie hearts in melted chocolate, and re-freeze until ready to eat.
Banana- Cuties- Strawberry Sorbet
With our leftover fruit, we blended it up into a sorbet. I used the equivalent of
- 3 bananas (frozen)
- 4 cuties (frozen)
- 1 cup sliced strawberries (frozen)
We added all the frozen fruit to our Yonanas machine. It really does make the perfect texture for fruit based ice creams and sorbets. But you can also blend it up in a blender or a food processor, If you first let the fruit soften for about 15 minutes. You want it frozen, but still soft enough to blend without adding liquid
Honestly, with a fruit based sorbet and chocolate dipped fruit, we can enjoy Valentines without getting that sugar induced sickness and sluggishness! I love that we can enjoy the holidays without feeling deprived as Cuties really are #sweetascandy!
This post was sponsored by Cuties. However, the ideas and recipe are mine and I can’t imagine getting through the winter without them!
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